LONDON – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has lauded the global Travel & Tourism sector for pitching in help to combat the global coronavirus pandemic regardless of the risks those efforts sometimes presented.
WTTC recognised the “quiet heroism and phenomenal dedication” of those who used their skills and experience to step up and offer essential help and assistance to those on the front line fighting the virus
WTTC president & CEO Gloria Guevara said millions of people employed by WTTC member companies have volunteered their time and expertise, ”many putting their own lives on the line, to provide essential help to their beleaguered communities with relief efforts”.
She said support has ranged from furloughed airline cabin crew being deployed to help in hospitals, to operating additional flights for medical cargo, luxury hotels opening their doors to provide free rooms to healthcare workers or helping with grocery shopping and running errands for the elderly self-isolating.
Ms Guevara said WTTC recognised the “quiet heroism and phenomenal dedication” of those who used their skills and experience to step up and offer essential help and assistance to those on the front line fighting the virus.
She singled out Hilton, which teamed up with American Express to launch their Rooms for Responders initiative, offering free accommodation to more than a million healthcare professionals across 10 medical associations fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Carnival, which offered a number of its ships to act as floating hospitals to treat patients suffering from less-critical, non-coronavirus related conditions.
And Trip.com in China which has donated more than three million surgical masks to more than 25 countries around the world.
Ms Guevara said that member companies had freely offered their resources at a time when the Travel & Tourism sector faced “near collapse and a battle for survival” due to the extensive travel restrictions and lockdowns ordered by governments across the world to stop the spread of the pandemic.